After the successful lesson with Deon, I was so keen to put in the hard yards and feel us take some positive strides forward.

Unfortunately, B wasn’t sharing my same enthusiasm for these “hard yards”, and as is want to happen with young horses upon occasion, the wheels began to fall off.

 

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Young horses be like…

 

We were getting through the rides, and the end result was always quite positive, but getting to that point seemed to be involving a mild-medium tantrum before B was willing to pull his socks up and try a bit harder.

 

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Was I overly worried by this?

No.

I had been warned this was a possible side effect of the “ask more/accept less” philosophy I was being encouraged to adopt, and it was likely things would get a bit worse before they got better.

Well.

He was right.

 

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Not what I would consider a forward step in our training.

 

Luckily, B isn’t super committed to the #nortyhoss lifestyle, so whilst it was bad for himit still wasn’t what I would consider bad period. Nevertheless, I wanted to ensure I was doing the right thing by him to help him through this phase and with Deon not being back for another month I finally bit the bullet and took B over to a local trainers place (about 45 minutes away).

Trainer J is another top level eventer, and rode at Adelaide International 3DE last year. She recently returned to our area to set up a training stable with her partner. Training with her is something I have told myself over and over again I would get to doing eventually.

 

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Well, I finally did, and signed us up for a bootcamp…

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  1. I love that you have an option for help! I struggled with this exact thing with June recently. She wasn’t a fan initially of being told “you MUST.” But, it feels like now we’re both on the same page again. It’s certainly helpful to have someone to help you work through it

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  2. I am a big believer in the importance of getting a trainers help. If Carl Hester’s mantra is “Invest in Training” then that’s good enough for me. And btw we ALL go through periods when we raise the bar and our horses say:”WTF?” However as I am sure you know with age this improves. Biasini is now 15 and our coach has raised the bar considerably in the past few weeks. He just knuckles down and does what is asked as long as I ask it properly. There has been one small spook but nothing as athletic as what is in your photo! 😄

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    1. I couldn’t agree more, I think training is such an important investment. If I could afford to be placed with a rider permanently I would definitely do it, but alas that’s not within my financial capabilities.

      Sometimes it’s easy to forget that there’s always going to be backwards steps with horses – especially in the social media age!

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      1. Ah yes. When I was riding as a teenager I eventing there was no social media. I was spared negative comments about my little Mustang who was small but brave and so fast. We had fun. So yes we go forward and then backward. That happe s with Biasini and me and we are FEI level.

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